Britain’s Institution of Structural Engineers (ISE) has released updated design guidance for multi-story car parks, or parking garages for people on the other side of the Atlantic but we should take note here in the U.S. Many parking garages weren’t constructed to deal with the current landscape of heavier cars. The hefty battery packs in electric vehicles are a factor in the increase, but even the typical combustion car on the road is getting heavier.
The ISE decided it need to reassess parking garage standards for two reasons: The increase in average vehicle weight and the proliferation of electric vehicles. The increase in weight wasn’t caused by individual models getting heavier, but by the popularization of heavier car classes. SUVs and pickup trucks are proving just as popular in the UK as they are here in the U.S. In a release, ISE noted:
The parking structure collapse in New York killed one person and injured six more. A parking garage attached to a hospital in Florida also collapsed last month, thankfully resulting in no deaths or injuries but leaving 111 cars trapped indefinitely in the rubble. Both events are still under investigation.
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